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Today, we’ve got a double bill with the latest team bike-check video. This time around, it’s EF Education-EasyPost and their Cannondales, one for when the road heads uphill, and one for when roads are flat and the speed is high. The Cannondale SuperSix Evo and the SystemSix are two bikes that are seeing duty throughout the 2022 season.
If this is your first time checking out our bike check video series, you’ve got a few to catch up on. We’ve already had a fantastic array (even if I say so myself) of bikes, including: a Roubaix-ready Specialized with 1x, a Colnago double bill from Team UAE-Emirates, Wanty’s understated Cube Litening C68X, and others.
EF Education-EasyPost has had Cannondale as a bike sponsor since 2015, when the team merged with Cannondale’s own WorldTour team. A seven-year partnership has seen the team win Spring Classics, Grand Tour stages, and stand out from the rest of the peloton in some wild one-off kits. You know the sort: ducks, speckles, Hubba Bubba pinks. It’s a team that has one heck of a unique image. They don’t roll like the rest of the peloton, that’s for sure.
EF Education-EasyPost is also one of the most forward-looking teams regarding equipment, or at least testing new equipment. I seem to remember getting the “keep it amongst us” nudge from a mechanic at the 2018 Tour de France when I noticed that they had a set of tubeless-ready wheels. That set has now morphed into a solid stable of tubeless-ready wheels, now with foam inserts. If you jump into the video above, you’ll be surprised that they still um and ahh as to when to use them and when to go “old school” and race on tubulars.
As for components, it would seem EF Education-EasyPost is one of the only teams (as of filming) that has a full team racing on the latest 12-speed Dura-Ace. I’m guessing they got their order in early. However, there are a few deviations, including an FSA K-Force chainset.
And even though Cannondale sponsors the team, it doesn’t mean they’re running stock standard proprietary parts that you and me – the humble everyday person – would get if we wandered into a store to buy the team bike. No, bars and stems are switched out from the Cannondale KNOT to Vision’s Metron 5D integrated bar and stem, and if you ask me, it may make the bike just a touch untidy upfront. Do you agree? Well, you’ll just have to watch the vid to see. So hop on it.
Oh, and for this video, I may have grabbed one of the team riders before he went off hunting for some cigarettes. No, really!